Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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Freisa Tasted in 2013

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Cantina del Pino Freisa Delle Langhe (2011)
Comments: Nice rusty, slightly astringent red berry fruit greets the nose along with with lovely floral notes. This is fresh and fruity in the mouth, just a touch round texturally but with classic woodsy, rusty slight spicy flavors supported by nice rustic tannins. There's a core of delicious red raspberry fruit here and hints of both spritz and creaminess on the palate with a decent finish that shows off some grapey character. This is very good in an easy going and joyfully pure kind of way. Bright, juicy and guzzlelicious. 88pts
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2 Cavallotto Langhe Freisa Bricco Boschis (2010)
Comments: Very balsamic on the nose with ivy and fennel aromas topped with minty, medicinal aromas. This has the classic big acids and tannins of Freisa in a rustic, chewy style that is weighty if not fat on the palate with lots of earthy dark fruit leading to a chewy, important finish. This powerful and big but not overweight in any way, turning a little tight and drying on the finish. 89pts
Average price: $23.99 from 2 stores
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3 Mascarello Bartolo Freisa Nebbiolata (2010)
Comments: A Nebbiolata style wine passed on the Nebbiolo gross lees, which gives this a little more tannin and a little more sugar for the second fermentation. A little stinky and earthy on the nose which shows notes of thistle, wild berry fruit, and a little mushroom. there's a nice little bit of fizz here even if this had been opened earlier, with lovely clean mineral edged fruit, that shows a smear of strawberry and tart cherry fruit. Very long and perfumed in the mouth with a red floral note, just a hint of pepperiness on the modest finish. Just a lot of fun, chill this a bit and drink it with salami this summer for an irritable Piedmontese experience. 90pts
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4 Burlotto Langhe Freisa (2011)
Comments: Tons of raspberry fruit greets the nose here along with intense aromas of slightly smoky, meaty herb notes, almost like rose stems along with hints of chocolate and orange oil. There's a nice richness on entry here with early powdery tannins adding a bit of texture to the palate which shows fine clarity with black raspberry flavors and a touch of bramble that lingers on the long, orange and raspberry toned finish. 90pts
Average price: $22.95 from 1 store
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5 Vajra Freisa Kye (2009)
Comments: Dark and earthy on the nose, with lots of rose petal notes, savory dark coffee and dried leather aromas framing small lack woodland fruits. This starts out with lovely richness and earthy flavors that quickly yield to slightly rustic, angular tannins on the palate. Complex flavors of earth, medicinal herbs and exotic spices appear on the mid-palate which leads to a long, dirt filled richly fruited very slightly hot and medicinal finish. This is a singular wine of impressive character and has a track record of aging very well indeed. 92pts
Average price: $39.99 from 5 stores
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6 Gioia Rosato di Sangiovese (2011)
Comments: Fully on jammy strawberries on the nose lend this a sweet impression though there are lightly refreshing eucalyptus and nutty notes here. I don’t know if the jammy aromas make this taste sweet but it feels sweet and tastes like raspberry jam. Some people will love this for it's blatantly fruity character but for me it’s a bit heavy and clumsy in the mouth. This reminds me of Sangria. 80pts
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